Hike to Sawtooth Lake

Iron Creek Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Kylor Melton

The Sawtooths are famous for their jagged peaks, alpine forests, and rushing rivers that create a truly pristine beauty.

The trail to Sawtooth Lake is a couple miles from Stanley at the Iron Creek Trailhead. The hike is ten miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1720 feet culminating in the legendary Sawtooth Lake . This hike is most easily done in the warmest parts of summer as during the Spring and Fall there is a lot of snow. So much snow that even in the heart of Summer there are times where the snow is knee deep.

Depending on the trail conditions, finding Sawtooth Lake can be difficult, so an understanding of geography and a topographical map are crucial.

The lake is worth it. Snuggled at the base of Mt. Regan, Sawtooth Lake is engulfed by the surrounding mountains. And if you have the energy, there is a hike that takes you to a vista above all the Sawtooths.

Here are the coordinates for the lake:
44.1722° N, 115.0637° W

For an overnight trip, check out this backpacking adventure.

Distance

10 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1720 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake
River
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Great Alpine Lake

We enjoyed our hike up to Sawtooth Lake. The lake itself is gorgeous but some of the mountains seen from the trail are even more spectacular.

Beautiful Hike

I perfect summer hike! Be sure to stop at Alpine Lake (another beautiful mountain lake) along the way.

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